AMES, Iowa -- Kay Palan, associate professor of marketing in Iowa State University's College of Business, has been named interim associate dean for undergraduate programs. Palan will be responsible for undergraduate curriculum, career services and physical facilities. Her two-year appointment as interim associate dean begins July 1.
Palan came to Iowa State in 1994. Her research focuses on family decision-making, especially on types of influence-strategies children and parents use when making decisions together. She also studies consumer socialization -- for instance, how children learn to be consumers. Recently, her research has focused on the effect advertising has on children's use of influence strategies and adolescent shopping competence.
Palan has received numerous teaching awards, including the First-Year MBA Student Outstanding Instructor Award in 1995, the Iowa State University Foundation Award for Early Achievement in Teaching in 1998, and the Iowa State University College of Business Teaching Effectiveness Award in 1999. She is a former chair of the Iowa State Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Board and is actively involved in other service activities for both Iowa State and the marketing profession.
Palan received a bachelor of science degree in 1976 from Winona State University, Minnesota; a master of business administration in 1990 from Moorhead State University, Minnesota; and a doctorate in philosophy in 1994 from Texas Tech University, Lubbock.